Tuesday , June 12 2018

MTP heading to a Chromebook near you

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Users of ChromeOS devices will soon be able to access the media files stored on their Android powered phones or tablets soon, as Google has added MTP (or Media Transport Protocol) support to ChromeOS version 36. The addition of MTP will allow users to manage digital media (such as photos or videos) from their Chrome devices, just as Windows and Mac users can already do.

If you’re keen to try it out without waiting for the stable release, you can switch to the ChromeOS developer channel and enable limited MTP functionality by turning on the enable-filemanager-mtp tag by browsing to chrome://flags in your browser.

Adding this type of functionality is another huge step in making Chrome OS a viable alternative to Windows or Mac, and making it more attractive to users who are wary of the “cut down” nature of the OS. Plus, it only makes sense that two Google products should be able to talk to each other.

What would you like to see in ChromeOS to make it viable for you to use?

Source: OMG Chrome.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Is there a date set for the MTP support stable release yet?

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sorry but is this just by plugging in the device? not cloud based etc…

Daniel Tyson
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Yep – a lot of people do still plug their phone in. AirDroid is a viable option right up till you have no Wireless network connection.

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Ahhh awesome I didn’t even realize it couldn’t.. Good news for me

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I’m surprised this wasn’t done much sooner.

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SachmoJoe

That’s great news, just the other day I tried to plug in my Nexus 5 to my Toshiba Chromebook and was disappointed to find it was a no go.

Other than that I’ve had no issues at all with using the limited OS, it really pushes home how little non-web activity I do on computers these days. This added functionality will be great though.

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